INTERNATIONAL NEWS EXCERPTS
10/25/09 TO 10/31/09
Aussies spend more on gambling than petrol, bills, internet
Australia - Australians spend more money on gambling than on gas and electricity bills, phone bills and petrol, according to economists.the average Australian household spent $2292 on gambling.
http://money.ninemsn.com.au / nineMSN Money / By Stuart Fagg / 29/10/2009
Australia Commission: Legalize Online Gambling
Australia - The Interactive Gambling Act, which was passed by the federal government in 2001, made it illegal for companies to offer online gambling in Australia, although it did not ban Australian citizens from playing on those sites, meaning that many Australians still play at online poker and gambling sites without being prosecuted. [SEN. XENOPHON & REV. COSTELLO] both called for the introduction of a system similar to that used in Norway in which a person's gambling losses are capped at $485 a month.
http://www.onlinecasinoreports.com / By Nadav S / Oct 26, 2009
Grass Roots Online Casino Freedom Movement Spreads in Europe
EU - A populist campaign to exploit a provision in new European Union rules to demand online casino freedom for consumers is growing, albeit a far way from the size needed. Right2Bet, an organization looking for a million signatures in the EU on a petition to remove national restrictions on trading in Internet gambling, has acquired its first 10,000 signees. Right2Bet spokesmen say their expression of public will may move legislators into action faster.
http://www.onlinecasinoadvisory.com / by Tom Weston / October 27, 2009
How I beat the punt: gambler
Australia - He s a punter who lost his house and almost his family before he was helped by counsellors at St Luke s and he told his story You can t go anywhere this time of year without reading or seeing something about the races, he said.Mick has a long-term gambling history. As a child he always went to the races with his dad and uncle.
http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au / 28/10/2009
James Packer defends impact of gambling
Australia - Last week, the productivity commission's revelation that 15 per cent of Australian gamblers qualify as "problem gamblers," and a further 15 per cent are at "moderate risk" received wide publicity - along with the finding that problem gamblers account for 40 per cent of the $12 billion lost on poker machines each year. "They don't create anything, they just take people's money and shove it down a hole and now and again if they're forced to, they give a tiny bit of it back," said Mr Cousins,
Last week, the productivity commission's revelation that 15 per cent of Australian gamblers qualify as "problem gamblers," and a further 15 per cent are at "moderate risk" received wide publicity - along with the finding that problem gamblers account for 40 per cent of the $12 billion lost on poker machines each year. "They don't create anything, they just take people's money and shove it down a hole and now and again if they're forced to, they give a tiny bit of it back," said Mr Cousins,
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au / Angus Hohenboken / October 29, 2009
Kiwis putting their faith in lotto
New Zealand - With the dark cloud of the recession hanging over the country, Kiwis have put their faith in luck, gambling $130 million more in the lottery than we did last year.Problem Gambling Foundation chief executive Graeme Ramsey said most lottery tickets were bought by people from low socio-economic groups. The level of jackpots combined with desperation from tough times meant people were spending more than they could afford. "When they're doing that, it means other people are going without."
http://www.stuff.co.nz / The Dominion Post / By Emily Watt / 31/10/2009
Spanish State Lotteries and Bettings closer to privatization
Spain - First steps towards a privatization process of State Lotteries and Bettings in Spain were done.Under these provisions, the commercialisation of lotteries in Spain would be ruled by
private law. State Lotteries sources have assured that all mentioned changes are part of a process of
restructuring to modernize the institution as is happening in Europe. The installation of outlets in petrol stations, tobacconists, supermarkets and banks supose, according to associations of lottery, a serious social harm by encouraging of out of control game with risk of pathological gambling.
http://swiss-press.com / October 29, 2009